Today’s Headlines

  • Transportation Secretary LaHood and Vice President Biden promote the economic stimulus’ infrastructure spending — on bridge repairs and massive highway expansions (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pitch)
  • Congress slips $1 billion for a weak "cash for clunkers" plan into its $105 billion war spending bill (Detroit News)
  • With the timeline for a federal transpo bill slipping, advocates are focusing instead on Congress’ climate change measure (Greenwire)
  • Trucking industry lobbies against highway user fees to pay for transportation improvements (Logistics Management)

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Congress Takes First Steps on Obama’s Transpo Budget: The Details

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The House panel in charge of annual transportation spending has begun work on a bill that increases transit funding while providing $150 million for D.C.’s cash-strapped Metro and $150 million for the Obama administration’s inter-agency push for "sustainable communities." Rep. John Olver (D-MA), chief of the House transport spending committee (Photo: Wikimedia) The Federal Transit […]

House Approves Transpo Spending Bill After Stripping Out $ for Livability

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Congressmen Oberstar and Blumenauer, here speaking together at the 2007 Bike Summit, were on opposite sides of a dispute about increased funding for livability programs yesterday. Photo: Bike Portland The House of Representatives passed its 2011 appropriations bill for Transportation and Housing and Urban Development yesterday, significantly increasing the amount going to both highways and […]

Congress Agrees to Keep Transit Operating Aid in War Bill

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(Photo: Model D Media) House and Senate negotiators struck a deal last night on a $106 billion war spending bill that also gives cash-strapped transit agencies the ability to use 10 percent of their economic stimulus grants to pay operating costs. The issue of operating costs has heated up in recent weeks, with local transit […]

Today’s Headlines

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Oberstar is throwing his weight behind a three-month extension of transport law, but the Senate has its own 18-month plan ready, with a $20 billion price tag (CQ) Senate approves $122 billion transportation-housing spending bill, with $10.4 billion for transit (AP) California is banking on winning nearly half the Obama administration’s high-speed rail money (Reuters) […]